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Day 6 | Memorizing the Bible
“Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” (Ps. 119:18)
The discipline of memorizing Scripture is something that has lost a lot of focus in recent days. Yet, there is a great need for it and value to it. To be able to recall powerful Scripture is deeply helpful for the heart that is trying to apprehend God. By your staying with us through the first six days and even trying to journey with us for all 40 days is proof that you deeply desire to apprehend God.
Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (NIV). The goal isn’t to just remember but to internalize the Truth of the Bible so that it changes how you think and act.
To truly take the Bible in, means to allow it to reside in your mind and spirit. The best way for that to fully happen is to memorize it. This discipline is difficult for the purposes of our 40 day journey, because it works best to memorize larger sections or even entire chapters. With one day, that is probably not possible. But when these 40 days are finished, our hope is that you circle back to a few of the disciplines or practices. We are praying that you circle back to this day and begin to memorize scripture.
Take some time today to try to memorize a verse from yesterday’s passage in Psalm 130. Read it several times today, then at the end of the day, see if you have it. A great tool to help with Bible memorization is something called “Scripture Typer.” Also check out this article by “Desiring God Ministries,” with some tips on memorization.
As you go to sleep tonight, ask God to lodge the passage that you have memorized into your brain. Ask Him to allow it to fully bloom in your spirit and for it to nourish your soul.
Psalm 130:1–8 (ESV)
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! 2 O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! 3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. 5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; 6 my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. 7 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. 8 And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
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